Ryan O'neal - Ryan O'neal Wins Case Over Farrah Fawcett's Warhol Painting
Ryan O'neal has won the battle to reclaim an Andy Warhol portrait of his late partner Farrah Fawcett, as a jury has determined the painting is officially his.
On Thursday (19Dec13), jurors in Los Angeles ruled that the Love Story star is the rightful owner of the silkscreen piece, following a three-week trial against officials from the University of Texas.
The actor took the valuable artwork from Fawcett's home following her death in 2009, claiming it was one of two he had commissioned the iconic artist to paint, while college bosses alleged the actress left it to them in her will.
The jury reached the ruling not long after it requested O'Neal read his testimony in court again. In his statement, the star claimed the painting helped him to feel close to Fawcett, and told the court, "I talk to it. I talk to her. It's her presence. Her presence in my life. In our son's life. We lost her. I don't want to lose that, too."
O'Neal, who is father to Fawcett's only child, son Redmond, also vowed never to sell the portrait, valued at $12 million (£8 million), if he won the case, adding, "I plan to keep it in our family as long as there is a family."
The verdict was not unanimous, but only required nine out of 12 jurors to vote in his favour.
The actor was not in court when the jury returned the verdict.